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Once again the British Council, The London Book Fair and the official Market Focus partner organisations have produced a comprehensive brochure. This includes the full listings for the Cultural Programme devised in partnership with the British Council; the Professional Programme; and the China Pavilion events; along with a list of all Chinese writers and publishers attending.

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China Market Focus at The London Book Fair 2012

  1. 1. China Market Focus 16-18 April 2012
  2. 2. InformationThe London Book FairThe London Book Fair Opening TimesEarls Court Exhibition Centre Monday 16 April 2012 09.00 – 18.30Warwick Road Tuesday 17 April 2012 09.00 – 18.30London Wednesday 18 April 2012 09.00 – 17.00SW5 9TAChina Market Focus ContactsProfessional Programme Press EnquiriesThe London Book Fair MIDAS Public RelationsAmy Webster Nicola T +44 (0)20 7361 7860T +44 (0)20 8910 7872Cultural Programme Press EnquiriesBritish Council FMcM AssociatesJudith Lüdenbach Fiona T +44 (0)20 7405 7422T +44 (0)20 7389 3197Chinese Authors & Publishers,China Pavilion Press EnquiriesChinese Organising Committee Rochester PR GroupGeneral Administration for Press and Joanna DoddPublications Writers’ Association T +44 (0)20 7182 4090China National Publications Import& Export (Group) Corporation
  3. 3. ContentsChina Market Focus 2012 04Cultural Programme Venue 05Cultural Programme 06Professional Programme 12Chinese Organising Committee events at 16The London Book Fair Authors 19Publishers 52The London Book Fair 69British Council 70Chinese Partners 71Supporting Partners 72
  4. 4. China Market Focus 2012 New Perspectives – New Concepts The London Book Fair, with its longstanding Market Focus cultural programme partner the British Council, and this year in partnership with the General Administration for Press and Publication of China and their delivery partners, CUPP and CNPIEC, is delighted to welcome the China Market Focus into the spotlight for 2012. Since the launch of the China Market Focus programme eighteen months ago, UK and Chinese publishers and writers have been engaging with each other’s markets through a number of targeted seminars, delegations and workshops. This will now culminate in a celebration of contemporary Chinese literature and a showcase of Chinese publishing that will mark ‘New Perspectives – New Concepts’ in bringing Chinese writing and publishing to the world. The Market Focus programme aims to strengthen cultural and business relations, educate the global publishing community about Chinese literature and contemporary Chinese authors, and help Chinese publishers to promote their books and literature to an international audience via the fair. The cultural programme detailed in these pages will showcase the Chinese writers visiting The London Book Fair through seminars, readings and events in and around the fair. These provide the opportunity for this new generation of Chinese writers to discuss topics of relevance in front of an international literary audience and to meet their international peers. Furthermore it offers the exposure for rights and export sales from the international publishing community. The professional programme running concurrently at the fair will offer educational opportunities for those interested in learning about different aspects of the Chinese publishing industry. Details of the programme and the participating Chinese publishers are also included in this brochure. With the largest publishing output in the world by volume and a dynamic collection of Chinese writers ready to share their work with an international audience, now could not be a better time to look at the business, cultural and collaborative opportunities presented by the China Market Focus 2012, China – New Perspectives – New Concepts. We look forward to welcoming you to the programme. Alistair Burtenshaw Susie Nicklin Liu Binjie Group Exhibition Director Director Literature Chairman The London Book Fair British Council Chinese Organising Committee04 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  5. 5. Cultural Programme VenueThis year the bulk of the Cultural Programme at The London Book Fair will takeplace in the Whitehall Room. This is located at the back of Earls Court 2, on the firstfloor mezzanine, as shown in the maps below. We look forward to seeing you there. Overall floor plan for Earls Court Level one room layout China Market Focus Programme 2012 05
  6. 6. Cultural Programme The London Book Fair, Earls Court Monday 16 April Modern Chinese Masters 11.30 – 12.30 Whitehall Room Speakers: Annie Baby, Li Er Chair: Harvey Thomlinson Join us for the launch of two new books in translation by Annie Baby and Li Er, together with their translators and publisher Harvey Thomlinson. 13.00 – 14.00 From Page to Screen Whitehall Room Speakers: Yan Geling, Xiaolu Guo, Owen Sheers, Han Dong Chair: Megan Walsh Four writers who have celebrated success both on page and on screen discuss the particular challenges and rewards of being a writer of fiction as well as a screenwriter. 16.00 – 17.00 A Female Perspective Whitehall Room Speakers: Tie Ning, Bi Feiyu Chair: Rachel Holmes Two celebrated writers, one male, one female, discuss the process of creating female characters who reflect the lives of Chinese women in the recent past. Tuesday 17 April Publishing Chinese Authors in the UK 10.00 – 11.00 Literary Translation Centre, EC2, LBF Speakers: Marysia Juszczakiewicz, Julia Lovell, Ra Page Chair: Ellah Allfrey Reflecting this years London Book Fair China Market Focus, Marysia Juszczakiewicz, founder of the Peony Literary Agency based in Hong Kong, translator, author and lecturer at Birkbeck Julia Lovell and Ra Page, founder and Managing Editor of Comma Press, share with Grantas Deputy Editor Ellah Allfrey their experiences of bringing contemporary Chinese literature to the UK and discuss the future of translated Chinese fiction in British publishing. 11.00 – 12.00 Science Fiction Whitehall Room Speakers: A Lai, Liu Cixin, Jonathan Clements Chair: John Clute John Clute, science fiction writer and editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, discusses the genre with fellow co-editor Jonathan Clements, A Lai, former editor of Science Fiction World, and acclaimed science fiction writer Liu Cixin.06 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  7. 7. 12.30 – 13.30 Ancient Myths in Contemporary Fiction Whitehall Room Speakers: A Lai, Tsering Norbu Chair: Maya Jaggi A Lai and Tsering Norbu explore why ancient myths fascinate us until today and how these timeless stories can be brought into the 21st century.14.00 – 15.00 Writing for a Digital World Whitehall Room Speakers: Annie Baby, A Yi, Canaan Morse, Naomi Alderman Chair: Rebecca Swift Annie Baby and A Yi achieved initial success through posting their work online, rather than through print publishing. They consider the effect the digital world has on contemporary literature and the opportunities it presents to writers globally together with translator Canaan Morse and novelist and digital expert Naomi Alderman.14.00 – 15.30 New Perspectives in Chinese & British Literature Hampton Room Speakers: Tie Ning, Liu Zhenyun, Louise Doughty, Mo Yan, A Lai, Jill Dawson Chair: Julia Lovell Join some of the most celebrated Chinese and British writers as they talk about their work and what it means to be a writer in China and the UK.15.30 – 16.30 Chinese Children’s Literature Whitehall Room Speakers: Yang Hongying Chair: Nicolette Jones British readers are all too aware of the British superstars in childrens literature, such as J.K. Rowling, Michael Morpurgo or Julia Donaldson. In an attempt to find out more about the world of Chinese childrens literature, one of Chinas most popular authors in this genre joins us to discuss her writing.17.00 – 18.00 The Art of Publishing Literary Magazines Whitehall Room Speakers: A Lai, Li Jingze, Eric Abrahamsen, Ou Ning Chair: John Freeman New literary magazines, be it online or in print, are being launched almost on a daily basis in China. Former editor A Lai, Chutzpah! editor Ou Ning and literary critic Li Jingze and translator Eric Abrahamsen, both from Pathlight magazine, share their views on why this format is experiencing such a surge in popularity. China Market Focus Programme 2012 07
  8. 8. Wednesday 18 April Contemporary Chinese Poetry 10.00 – 11.00 Whitehall Room Speakers: Han Dong, Xi Chuan, Pascale Petit Chair: Michel Hockx Contemporary Chinese poetry is constantly evolving, drawing both on the ancient and rich poetic tradition in China as well as on influences from around the world. Xi Chuan and Han Dong, two of China’s most celebrated contemporary poets, read from their work with fellow poet Pascale Petit and reflect on this evocative and thought- provoking genre. 11.30 – 12.30 Urban Landscapes Speakers: Liu Zhenyun, Xu Zechen, Sheng Keyi Chair: Richard Lea The ever growing urban landscapes in modern China are changing the traditional way of life irrevocably. The challenges posed to many Chinese today of living in these enormous cities forms the focus of much of Liu Zhenyun’s, Xu Zechen’s and Sheng Keyi’s work. 14.00 – 15.00 Contemporary China on the Page Speakers: Chi Zijian, Xinran, Feng Tang Chair: Rachel Holmes Chinese society has been undergoing monumental changes and is constantly evolving under the influence of China’s changing status in the world. Chi Zijian, Feng Tang and fellow author Xinran discuss how contemporary literature is reflecting these transformations and the effect they have on the life of Chinese people today. 15.30 – 16.30 Rural China Speakers: Li Er, Mo Yan, Lu Jiande Chair: Julia Lovell Amidst rapid urbanization, the rural setting in contemporary fiction has acquired new meaning in China. Authors Mo Yan and Li Er debate with literature expert Lu Jiande the role of life outside the city in contemporary fiction, forming the background to explorations of tradition and change.08 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  9. 9. Events in LondonSunday 15 April The New Superpowers16.00 Weston Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX Speakers: Feng Tang, Neel Mukherjee Chair: Maya Jaggi Neel Mukherjee and Feng Tang discuss the role of the writer in India and China respectively, as the two countries emerge as the new global superpowers for 21 century. Feng Tang divides his time between Hong Kong, Beijing and travelling internationally. His books show his sharp wit and are written in the brazen, colloquial language and school-yard slang of the new urban youth. Neel Mukherjee’s debut novel A Life Apart tells the story of Ritwik’s flight from the squalor of Calcutta to urban London. Here he meets the 86 year-old Anne Cameron, and two lives from opposite ends of the 20 century are brought together. Tickets: £10, booking line: 0844 847 9910, or visit 16 April Changing China18.45 Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP Speakers: Chi Zijian, Chiew-Siah Tei Chair: Isabel Hilton In a rapidly changing China, traditional ways of life are threatened by modernisation. Two debut authors whose novels are built on these conflicts will talk about the struggles of individuals and families as the world changes around them, with the editor of, Isabel Hilton. Tickets: Booking 020 7307 5454, or email Jade Ladder London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL Speakers: Xi Chuan, Yang Lian, W N Herbert Poets Xi Chuan, one of the most influential voices in contemporary Chinese poetry, and Yang Lian and W N Herbert, the editors of Jade Ladder (Bloodaxe), a new anthology showing the work of Chinese poets today to be among the most exciting experiments in world poetry, will read and talk about their work. Tickets: £7, Booking line 020 726 9030, or visit China Market Focus Programme 2012 09
  10. 10. Wednesday 18 April Shi Cheng: City Stories from China 18.30 The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB Speakers: Han Dong, Xu Zechen, Nicky Harman, Julia Lovell Chair: Philip Dodd Both China’s contemporary literature and its urban cultures are vast and incomparably diverse, yet little known in the West. At this event launching a Comma Press anthology of newly translated stories, some of the most exciting young authors working in China meet leading experts from the UK to explore the riches and tensions of these worlds. Tickets: £7.50 (£5 conc), booking line 01937 546546, or visit 19.00 An evening with A Lai Room G3, School of Oriental & African Studies, College Buildings, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Speakers: A Lai Chair: Nathan Hill Part of the SOAS Circle of Tibetan & Himalayan Studies series. Thursday 19 April Sheng Keyi and Ross Raisin in conversation 18.30 Gallery at Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2A 0EB Speakers: Sheng Keyi, Ross Raisin Chair: Richard Lea Sheng Keyi’s first novel Northern Girls explores the difficulties faced by women moving from the countryside in the hope of finding work in China’s growing cities. Join us tonight as she discusses how her own experiences helped her create such a resonant account with Ross Raisin, award-winning author of God’s Own Country and Waterline. Tickets: Free, e-mail to reserve a place 19.00 An evening with Mo Yan Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), Lower Ground Floor, School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG Speakers: Mo Yan Chair: Michel Hockx Organised by the SOAS London Confucius Centre and Centre of Chinese Studies Tickets: Free, but registration is required by telephone 020 7898 4892/3, or email China Market Focus Programme 2012
  11. 11. Events in the UKThursday 19 April Contemporary Chinese Writers in Edinburgh18.00 Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5HP Chair: Alan Bissett Speakers: Annie Baby, Xu Zechen In a first for Scotland, Xu Zechen, leading editor and novelist, and Annie Baby, online literary sensation, will be in conversation with Alan Bissett. Both nations, vast and small, have experienced their own forms of profound social and economic change – how do writers from each culture reflect this? Tickets: £5 (includes drinks reception after event) booking line 0131 662 2180 or visit Shi Cheng: City Stories from China –Manchester Launch The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY Speakers: Han Dong, Nicky Harman To mark the publication of Commas new city-themed fiction project Manchester is delighted to host an evening with a key figure in contemporary Chinese literature. Han Dong is well-known as one of Chinas most important avant-garde poets, and is becoming increasingly influential as an essayist, short story writer and novelist. He is in conversation with his translator, Nicky Harman. Supported by the Confucius Centre and University of Manchester. Tickets: Free19.00 Jade Ladder Anthology Launch Culture Lab, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU Speakers: Xi Chuan, Yang Lian, W N Herbert, Brian Holton Yang Lian & Xi Chuan, two of China’s most prominent poets, join Yang Lian’s co-editor, W N Herbert, and anthology editor & translator, Brian Holton, to launch Jade Ladder. This anthology shows authoritatively the diversity of contemporary Chinese poetry, in the most comprehensive single volume guide to what is happening now in a culture of undeniable global significance. Tickets: £6/£4 (conc)/£2 (Newcastle University students) online at, or contact Melanie Birch 0191 222 7619Sunday 22 April Opening Up the East15.00 Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford CV37 6QW Speakers: Mo Yan, Lu Jiande The Stratford Literary Festival hosts a unique discussion with two of the most notable writers in China today. They discuss their work, China in the 21st century and how cultural life differs from that in the West Tickets: £12 with tea (£1 off for over 60s and under 16s), booking line 01789 207100 or visit China Market Focus Programme 2012 11
  12. 12. Professional Programme 1 China and Europe Publishing Forum Monday 16th April Growth, Co-operation, and Development in 14.30 – 17.15 International Publishing There has been a long history of co-operation between China Location and Europe in the copyright trade and in publishing, which Earls Court Exhibition goes back to the 1980s. The Chinese Publishing industry Centre, Conference has achieved record growth as a result of modernization Room 1 and consolidation in the past few years and the Chinese Government is now promoting the outward expansion of Sponsors the Chinese publishing industry. Publishing in the United General Administration Kingdom has played a key part in the international expansion of Press and of creative industries, especially in the context of the global Publication of China use of the English Language. China’s engagement in the and The London international book trade and the growing use of the Chinese Book Fair Language will create new challenges and opportunities for all international publishers as the rapid digitalization of the Organisers industry continues. These factors set the stage for the China China National Market Focus China Country of Honour Programme at London Publications Import Book Fair 2012, and the China Europe International Publishing & Export (Group) Forum will consider these issues in a European Context. Corporation and The London Book Fair Invited Speakers Language Co-Chairs Chinese and English Li Pengyi, President of China Education Publishing and (Simultaneous Media Group Interpretation) Chris Paterson, China Publishing Consultant to The London Book Fair No pre-registration required Keynote speakers Ed Vaizey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communications, Culture & the Creative Industries Liu Binjie, Minister of GAPP of China Speakers Tan Yue, President of China Publishing Group Victoria Barnsley, Chief Executive of HarperCollins Li Pengyi, President of China Education Publishing and Media Group John Fallon, CEO of Pearson International Education Chen Haiyan, Chairman of Phoenix Publishing Group Nigel Newton, CEO of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Lord Powell of Bayswater, former President of the China Britain Business Council12 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  13. 13. 2 China-UK Digital ForumTuesday 17 April New trends and new products in digital publishing09.30 – 12.15 in China and UK Digitalisation has been the major challenge and opportunityLocation facing traditional publishers in China and the United KingdomThames Room, Earls for the past five years. We are now entering a new phase inCourt Exhibition which publishers have embraced the new technologies inCentre educational, scientific, and general publishing and are not only reproducing print content in digital form, but creatingSponsors stand-alone titles in digital formats for the new media. InGeneral Administration this seminar publishers will share evolving business modelsof Press and and show innovative new digital releases which show howPublication of China publishers are approaching their new markets.and The LondonBook Fair This forum comprises two parts. Part 1 will consist of a China and UK keynote speech by a major industry figure, and in PartOrganisers 2 three presenters from each country will be invited to makeChina National introduce digital developments in the industry and in theirPublications Import company followed by a screen based showcase of a leading& Export (Group) product.Corporation and TheLondon Book Fair Invited SpeakersLanguage Co-ChairsChinese and English Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of the Publishers(Simultaneous AssociationInterpretation) Li Pengyi, President of China Education Publishing and Media Group Keynote Speakers Liu Binjie, Minister of GAPP of China Rod Bristow, President of the Publishers Association Speakers Chen Xin, President of Shanghai Century Publishing Group Steven Inchcoombe, MD, Nature Publishing Group Wang Mingliang, GM, Tongfang Network Technology Co. Ian Hudson, Deputy CEO of Random House Ho Feipeng, President of Taiwan Cite Publishing Ltd Fionnuala Duggan, MD of International CourseSmart China Market Focus Programme 2012 13
  14. 14. 3 CLT and ELT Publishing Dialogue Tuesday 17 April Synergies and Differences between CLT (Chinese 14.00 – 17.00 Language Teaching) and ELT (English Language Teaching) Publishing Location Just as English Language Teaching publishing was the forerunner Thames Room, Earls of international publishers’ presence in the Chinese publishing Court Exhibition market, Chinese Language Teaching publishing has the potential Centre to open doors for Chinese publishers in today’s international markets. Just as the teaching of English as an established global Sponsors language was a priority for Chinese education, the teaching General Administration of Chinese will grow from its existing base in tandem with the of Press and growth and globalization of the Chinese economy. The number of Publication of China students enrolled in Chinese Language classes at the worldwide and The London Confucius Institutes is increasing by almost 40% every year. Book Fair Chinese Language Teaching will become an important market for International and Chinese publishers alike. This seminar is to Organisers discuss areas in which ELT and CLT publishing businesses can China National learn from each other, and areas in which they may continue Publications Import to differ. These issues are key to the future development of the & Export (Group) international publishing market and the seminar will invite experts Corporation and The from the CLT and ELT publishing fields to share their experiences London Book Fair and comment on what the future may hold in key developments in the international market place. Language Chinese and English (Simultaneous Invited Speakers Interpretation) Co-Chairs Madam Xu Lin, State Counsellor and Director-General of Hanban Dr Catherine Walter, Chairperson of the ELT Advisory Board, British Council Keynote Speakers Wu Shulin, Vice Minister of GAPP of China Martin Davidson, CEO, The British Council Speakers Li Pengyi, President of China Education Publishing and Media Group Stephen Bourne, CEO of Cambridge University Press Qi Dexiang, President of Beijing Language and Culture University Press Peter Marshall, MD, ELT Division, Oxford University Press Yu Dianli, President of Commercial Press of CPG Bill Anderson, MD, Global ELT Publishing, Pearson Education Cai Jianfeng, President of Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press Dennis Hogan, Executive Director, National Geographic Learning14 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  15. 15. 4 Professional Publishing Forum: Cooperation and Win-winWednesday 18 April China/UK Publishing Partnerships and International09.30 – 12.20 Publishing Copyright trade and co-publishing are the main modesLocation of international co-operation for professional publishers.Thames Room, Earls China and UK have long been cooperating in the publishingCourt Exhibition industry with lots of books introduced both ways. The firstCentre part of this forum will invite professional publishers to share their experiences and provide solutions through the caseSponsors studies of their successful cooperation and partnership inGeneral Administration pairs. During the second part of the forum the publishers willof Press and discuss wider cooperation in international publishing tradePublication of China and investment.and The LondonBook Fair Invited SpeakersOrganisers Co-ChairsChina National Yu Chunchi, Vice President of China Education PublishingPublications Import and Media Group& Export (Group) Nigel Portwood, CEO, Oxford University Press, for Part 1Corporation and The Chris Paterson, China Publishing Consultant to The LondonLondon Book Fair Book Fair, for Part 2Language Keynote speakersChinese and English Wu Shulin, Vice Minister of GAPP(Simultaneous Lord Green of Hustpierpoint, Minister of State for TradeInterpretation) and Investment Part 1: Investment partnerships in China Hachette Phoenix JV Arnaud Nourry, CEO of Hachette Livre Chen Haiyan, Chairman of Phoenix Publishing and Media Group Macmillan and FLTRP joint publishing Simon Allen, CEO, Macmillan Education Cai Jianfeng, President, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press Part 2: Co-operation in International Publishing Trade and Investment Tan Yue, President, CPG Nigel Portwood, CEO Oxford University Press He Yaomin, President, China Renmin University Press Stephen Bourne, CEO, CUP China Market Focus Programme 2012 15
  16. 16. Chinese Organising Committee events at The London Book Fair Monday 16 April Cultural Heritage and Communication 12.30 – 13.30 Chinese Pavilion, Earls Court 2 Speakers: Wang Meng, Margaret Drabble 14.05 – 15.50 Pathlight: Enlightenment of Contemporary Chinese Literature Piccadilly Room, Earls Court 1 Speakers: Li Jingze, Mo Yan, Liu Zhenyun, Li Er, Qiu Huadong, Xi Chuan, Liu Xinglong, Eric Abrahamsen To discuss the approaches to introduce contemporary Chinese literature to the world through translation and the function of translation in the process 14.30 – 15.00 Yang Honying Pictorial Building Character Series Richmond Room, Earls Court 1 Speaker: Yang Hongying 16.00 – 16.45 Chinese Children’s Literature, Inspiring the World Piccadilly Room, Earls Court 1 Speakers: Shen Shixi, Wu Meizhen; Frank Knau PTP & Egmont Group present 24 Childrens titles in 8 languages, whilst Launching two new works: 3 Titles of An Unusual Princess Series by Wu Meizhen and The Red Jackal by Shen Shixi Tuesday 17 April Foreign Editions Exhibition of Confucius from the 9.30 – 10.30 Heart Chinese Pavilion, Earls Court 2 Speakers: Yu Dan Confucius from the Heart has been published in 17 languages, 22 editions, including the hardcover, paperback, clubs, MP3 radio, as well as electronic editions, spreading Chinese traditional culture to a greater audience. 10.30 – 11.30 The Growth and Developing Direction of Chinese Post-1970s and Post-1980s Writers Under the Influence of World Literature Hampton Room, Earls Court 2 Speakers: Jiang Nan, Zhang Yueran Chair: Bai Ye To discuss the writing characteristics, quality, advantages, disadvantages and space of growth of the new generation of Chinese authors. The discussion will involve the elements of the growth route of post-70s and post-80s Chinese authors, the influence caused by the crossover of traditional Chinese background and world literature after the opening in late 1980s plus their personal and their peers growth in writing career.16 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  17. 17. 14.00 – 15.30 New Perspectives in Chinese and British Literature Hampton Room, Earls Court 2 Speakers: Tie Ning, Liu Zhenyun, and Louise Doughty, Mo Yan, A Lai and Jill Dawson Chair: Julia Lovell Join some of the most celebrated Chinese and British writers as they talk about their work and what it means to be a writer in China and the UK. 15.00 – 15.45 Literary Character in the New Media Age Piccadilly Room, Earls Court 1 Speakers: Bai Ye, Liu Xinglong Chair: Bai Zhigang Bai Ye, a well-known critic, and Liu Xinglong, a famous writer, will talk about the relation between literary character and the writer; the challenges that a literary character is confronted with in the modern age; literary character; and literary education 16.30 – 18.00 Dialogue on the Publishing of Literature Books Hampton Room, Earls Court 2 Speakers: Chi Zijian, Bi Feiyu, Richard Francis This dialogue focuses on how to maintain national individuality and integrity in the context of globalisation and digitalisation, and how literature creation continues to play its role in promoting human civilisation in a new era of overall dialogues between cultures across the world.Wednesday 18 April The Impact of Internet Media on Literature and9.30 – 10.30 Writing Piccadilly Room, Earls Court 1 Speakers: Xu Kun, Tong Muisiu Chair: Liu Xinglong New broadcasting media represented by television, movies, and the internet have great impact on literary development. Its features, such as imagination, promulgation, and commercialisation, have cut down the power of classic literature, whilst simultaneously making a new turning point for literary creation. Chinese writers will talk about the impact of internet media on literature and writing. China Market Focus Programme 2012 17
  18. 18. 11.00 – 12.00 Publishing and Literature Dialogue Chinese Pavilion, Earls Court 2 Speakers: Mo Yan, Marina Lewycka Both enjoying a long history of literature, China and Britain are homes to classical books and great writers. Today they also have prominent writers and works of contemporary literature. The dialogue between representative Chinese and British writers, one from each side, will touch on the trans- boundary and diverse appeals of a world of literature and the charm of literature of the world. 13.00 – 14.00 My Road to Literature Chinese Pavilion, Earls Court 2 Speakers: Lan Pochou, Choi Yickwai Chair: Liu Xianping Writers from Hong Kong and Taiwan will share their stories on the literature road with the audience.18 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  19. 19. Authors A Lai A Yi Annie Baby Bai Ye Bi Feiyu Choi Yickwai Chi Zijian Feng Tang Guo Xiaolu Han Dong Jiang Nan Lan Pochou Li Er Li Jingze Liu Cixin Liu Xinglong Liu Zhenyun Mo Yan Qiu Huadong Sheng Keyi Shen Shixi Tie Ning Tong Muisiu Tsering Norbu Wang Meng Xi Chuan Xu Kun Xu Zechen Yan Geling Yang Hongying Yu Dan Zhang Yueran China Market Focus Programme 2012 19
  20. 20. A Lai 阿来Recent published titles One of China’s few famous Tibetan writers, A Lai started his literary career in the 1980’s as a poet. In the decade thatRed Poppies / 尘埃落定 followed he worked as an editor at the literary magazineThe Empty Mountain / 空山 Grasslands and later as Director of Science Fiction World,A Treasured Sword / 宝刀 which became the largest-circulating science fiction magazine in the world. His first well-received work afterPublished titles in English switching to fiction was the novel Settling Dust (1998), whichKing Gesar narrates the rise and fall of a Tibetan family in times ofTibetan Souls (2011) modernization. It was translated as Red Poppies and madeRed Poppies (2002) into an award winning film.Literary award received A Lai didn’t publish anything more substantial until Empty Mountain, a collection of six interconnected short stories,Dangdai Literary Prize 2009 in 2005. His newest novel, King Gesar, is a retelling of aMao Dun Literary Award in 1998 & 2000 popular Tibetan myth that was commissioned as part of theEthnic Minority Literature Award 1989 Canongate “Myth Series” (it is due to be published in the UK in the near future). He taps deeply into a mythic interpretationAssociated publisher of Tibetan history and culture, and his best-selling works areWriters Publishing House those that have leaned on legendary narratives.Shanghai Dongfang Publishing CentreCanongate (UK)MerwinAsia (USA) Programmed events Science Fiction in China 17 April, 11.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF Ancient Myths in Contemporary Fiction 17 April, 12.30, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF New Perspectives in Chinese and British Literature 17 April, 14.00, Hampton Room, EC2, LBF The Art of Publishing Literary Magazines 17 April, 17.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF An evening with Ah Lai 18 April, 19.00, Room G3, School of Oriental & African Studies, College Buildings, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG20 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  21. 21. A Yi 阿乙Recent published titles Born in 1976, A Yi worked as a police officer, secretary and editor before settling down at the age of 32 to theGrey Stories / 灰故事 fiction he always knew he would write. After a brief stint onThe Bird Saw Me / 鸟看见我了 the editorial board of Chutzpah, a new literary magazineCat and Mouse / 猫与鼠 featuring work by younger and edgier writers, he moved toWhat Should I Do Next / 下面,我该 the Xiron publishing company, where he works as an editor干点什么 of the "Iron Gourd" literary-fiction imprint. Although he has been posting short stories and commentary on his blogAssociated publisher since the beginning of 2004, A Yi did not appear in printCulture and Art Publishing House until four years later when his first collection of short prose, Grey Stories, was published.Agent A Yi’s stubborn dedication to his art has meant his slowlyPeony Literary Agency growing prominence has depended on the support of non- mainstream media and literary figures who have spotted his talent. Although hailed by opinion leaders and writers such as Bei Dao, Luo Yonghao and Li Jingze, A Yis reputation has not yet spread to a wider reading public in China. Programmed events Writing for the Digital World 17 April, 14.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF China Market Focus Programme 2012 21
  22. 22. Annie Baby 安妮宝贝Recent published titles Having worked for IT companies, advertising agencies and publishers, Annie Baby began publishing short stories onlineGoodbye Vivien / 告别薇安 in 1998, when she was twenty-four, becoming one of China’sAugust is Passing / 八月未央 first internet literary sensations. Within a medium bestLotus / 彼岸花 understood by adolescent and twenty-something urbanites like herself, she wrote about them and their lives – theirPublished titles in English worries, loneliness and disorientation in particular.The Road of Others (2012) Annie Baby quickly became a household name among theAssociated publisher Chinese youth and her first printed book, the short storyMake Do Studios (Hong Kong, collection Goodbye, Vivian, sold half a million copies. She’s been a commercial success ever since, with her latest novelEnglish version) Lotus topping the domestic bestseller lists for months.Agent She writes in a broken, ultra-simplified, seemingly distractedPeony Literary Agency style that has become characteristic of online prose worldwide. Her narratives tend to explore the relationships between interior spirituality and exterior reality, and she has begun to incorporate other art forms combining photography and music with her prose. Programmed events Modern Chinese Masters 16 April, 11.30, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF Writing for the Digital World 17 April, 14.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF Contemporary Writers in Edinburgh 19 April, 18.00, Confucius Centre for Scotland, Abden House, Edinburgh EH16 5HP22 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  23. 23. Bai Ye 白烨Recent published titles Bai Ye has been publishing his works since 1977 and joined the Chinese Writers Association in 1984. He has since beenNew Literary Fashions & Fresh an influential literary critic, publishing major works on literaryWriters / 文学新潮与文学新人 criticism and editing significant anthologies of work, as well20 Years of Literary Debate / as helping to launch careers of writers like Wang Lili.文学论争20年The Changing View of Literary His criticism became publicly renowned in 2006 after heConcepts / 文学观念的新变 wrote a blog post entitled Status and Future of the Post-80s Generation, attacking the writing of authors born betweenLiterary award received 1980-89. The hugely popular and often controversial young2nd Excellent Achievement Award of writer & blogger Han Han responded to this, sparking a war of words which became know as the “Han-Bai Controversy”.Modern Chinese Literature Bai holds important positions in the official literary institution, namely executive vice president of China Modern Literature Institute, and director of Chinese Literature Theories Association. He is also a professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Programmed events The growth and developing direction of Chinese post-1970s and post-1980s writers under the influence of World literature 17 April, 10.30 – 11.30, Hampton Room, EC2, LBF Literary Character in the New Media Age 17 April, 15.00 – 15.45, Piccadilly Room, EC1, LBF China Market Focus Programme 2012 23
  24. 24. Bi Feiyu 毕飞宇Recent published titles Bi Feiyu was born in 1964 in Jiangsu province and lives now in Nanjing. He co-wrote the script for Zhang Yimou’sMassage / 推拿 Shanghai Triad (shortlisted for a Golden Globe) and hasBreast-Feeding Period of a Woman / won the Lu Xun Prize for Literature twice, and the Mao哺乳期的女人 Dun prize for his latest novel, whilst two of his novels haveThe Moon Opera / 青衣 been translated in English. Though he spent six years as aThree Sisters / 玉米 journalist at Nanjing Daily, he only contributed 6,000 words during his entire tenure there because, as he claimed,Published titles in English he had a ‘nasty editor who didn’t appreciate his writing’.Three Sisters (2010) This is not an opinion shared by the international literary community however, as Bi was awarded the Man AsianLiterary award received Literary prize in 2010 for Three Sisters.Man Asian Literature Prize in 2010 Bi constructs well-rounded characters and is often calledMao Dun literature Prize in 2011 China’s best male writer on the female psyche, shown by theLu Xun Prize for Literature 1995, 2004 main character of The Moon Opera, Xiao Yanqiu. His ability to reproduce colloquial language in print and his interest inAssociated publisher “commonplace” characters means that his work presents aPeople’s Literature Publishing House wealth of truly relevant human detail to the reader.Telegram Books (UK)Houghton Mifflin (USA) Programmed eventsAgent A Female Perspective 16 April, 16.00, Whitehall Room,Andrew Nurnberg Associates EC2, LBF Bi Feiyu – The London Book Fair Author of the Day 17 April Dialogue on the Publishing of Literature Books 17 April, 16.30, Hampton Room, EC2, LBF24 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  25. 25. Choi Yickwai 蔡益怀Recent published titles Choi Yickwai (the pseudonym of Nan Shan) was born in the city of Shishi, Fujian Province, in 1962; grew up inL’Amour in the Past / 前尘风月 Sichuan Province; and gained a PhD in literature from JinanEmotional / Net情网 University. In the 1980s he migrated to Hong Kong where heAway with the Wind / 随风而逝 is now a literary critic and a contemporary writer.Associated publisher As well as writing collections of short stories and publishingWriters Association of Hong Kong collections of his critical essays, Choi holds important positions in the literary community. Whilst having the roles of deputy chief editor of Hong Kong Writers and the literary examiner of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, he is the deputy president of the Federation of Hong Kong Writers and as such had the honour of addressing the 2011 congress of the Chinese Writers Association. Programmed events My Road to Literature 18 April, 13.00 – 14.00, Chinese Pavilion, Stand U505,EC2, LBF China Market Focus Programme 2012 25
  26. 26. Chi Zijian 迟子建Recent published titles Chi Zijian was born in 1965 on the night of the Lantern Festival in Mohe, near the Russian border. She began writingUnder the Tree / 树下 in 1983, when still a junior in college. Her work tends toSunny over the Cloud / 越过云层的晴朗 focus on the lives of everyday people in and around herSnow & Raven / 白雪乌鸦 home province of Heilongjiang. Her compassion for those living in poverty and desperation is deeply moving to herPublished titles in English domestic audience and has cemented her reputation as oneA Flock in the Wilderness (2005) of China’s best-loved contemporary writers. Chi’s novella,The Right Bank of the Argun (2013) Snow and Raven, brings out her keen understanding of human nature and her aptitude for satirical humour; it wonLiterary award received the 2010 Dangdai Best Novel of the Year Award. She has also won the Lu Xun literary award three times and the MaoDangdai Best Novel of the Year 2010 Dun prize. The English translation of her novel Right Bank ofMao Dun Literature Prize 2008 the Argun is set to be published by Harvill Secker in 2013.Lu Xun Literature Prize 1998Associated publisher Programmed eventsPeoples Literature Publishing HouseBeijing October Arts and Literature Changing China 16 April, 18.45, Asia House,Publishing House 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LPForeign Language Press Contemporary China on the PageHarvill Secker (UK) 18 April, 14.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF Dialogue on the Publishing of Literature BooksAgent 17 April, 16.30, Hampton Room, EC2, LBFGray Tan, The Grayhawk Agency26 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  27. 27. Feng Tang 冯唐Recent published titles The consummate chronicler of youth in Beijing, Feng Tang is the author of a series of novels deeply evocative of growingHow to Become a Freak / up in the Chinese capital during the 1990s. His main trilogy如何成为一个怪物 of semi-autobiographical novels (Happiness, written whenFeng Tang: 100 Poems / 冯唐诗百首 the author was just 18 years old, Everything Grows and GiveGive me Girl at 18 / Me a Girl at 18) evoke the experience of youth and growth十八岁给我一个姑娘 with lyric accuracy.Oneness / 不二 His most recent book is an abrupt departure from hisLiterary award received earlier themes. Set in the Tang dynasty, Oneness deploys aFirst prize of Top 20 Future Masters 2011 classical style harking back to the traditional racy novels of imperial China, to tell the story of Buddhist monks and nunsFengshang Weekly Writer of the Year 2010 achieving enlightenment through unorthodox means.People’s Literature Young Writers Prize2005 Feng Tang studied medicine at university, following that with a degree in business, lived in Hong Kong and has worked forAssociated publisher major businesses in addition to his writing.Cosmos Books (Hong Kong)New Stars PressHunan People’s Publishing House Programmed eventsAgent The New Superpowers 15 April, 16.00, Weston Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, BelvedereLu Jinbo (Mainland China) Road, London SE1 8XXYan Chungou (Hong Kong) Contemporary China on the Page 18 April, 14.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF China Market Focus Programme 2012 27
  28. 28. Guo Xiaolu 郭小櫓Published titles in English Guo Xiaolu was born in a fishing village in the south of China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published sixLovers in the Age of Indifference (2010) books in China before moving to London in 2002. A ConciseUFO in Her Eyes (2009) Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers was shortlisted for the20 Fragments of Ravenous Youth (2008) Orange Prize for Fiction, and 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. TheAssociated publisher English translation of Village of Stone was shortlisted for theChatto & Windus (UK) Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for theShanghai Literature & Art Publishing IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.House UFO In Her Eyes, Xiaolu’s 2009 novel has been made intoAgent feature film with German and French production, directed by Xiaolu. Her 2009 film She, a Chinese was awarded the ‘GoldenJanklow & Nesbit (UK) Leopard’ award at the Locarno Film Festival, along with the ‘Montblanc Scriptwriting Award’ at the Hamburg Film Festival.Photo: PH Ciompi Programmed events From Page to Screen 16 April, 13.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF28 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  29. 29. Han Dong 韩东Recent published titles Han Dong’s parents were sent down to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution and took him with them. After theMe and You / 我和你 Revolution ended he taught Western Philosophy at a smallBanished! / 扎根 college for some years, before becoming a full-time writer.People Will Talk / 夜行人 Han Dong has been well-known since the 1980s as onePublished titles in English of China’s most important avant-garde poets and is nowA Phone Call from Dalian: Selected Poems increasingly influential as an essayist, short story writer(2012) and novelist. He advocates free writing and opposes the‘This Moron is Dead’ in Shi Cheng: City wholesale commercialisation of contemporary literature, andStories from China (2012) although his deceptively simple, subtle style of writing has acquired a cult following among young Chinese writers andBanished! (2009) readers, hes still more of a critical than a popular success.Literary award received A prolific writer, Han’s works include collections of poetry,Chinese Language Media Novel Prize essays, short stories, novellas, and four full-length 2003 Banished! won the independent Chinese Language MediaMan Asian Literary Prize in 2008 – longlist Novel Prize in 2003, and was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize when translated.Associated publisherGuangdong Flower City Publishing HouseComma Press (UK) Programmed eventsZephyr Press (USA) From Page to Screen 16 April, 13.00; Whitehall Room, EC2, LBFAgent Contemporary Chinese Poetry 18 April, 10.00, WhitehallForeign language rights with the author Room, EC2, LBF Shi Cheng: City Stories from China launch 18 April, 18.30, Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB Shi Cheng: City Stories from China – Manchester Launch 19 April, 19.00, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY China Market Focus Programme 2012 29
  30. 30. Jiang Nan 江南Published titles in English Jiang Nan is a representative writer of youth literature and net literature. He graduated from the Department of Chemistry,Once Upon a Time in Shanghai Peking University and received his Master’s Degree at CollegeThe Soul of Leopard of Arts and Sciences, University of Washington. The circulationThe Dragon Raja II of his first novel Young Men in This World was 400,000 copies. His other representative works include Emperor Guangming, Cocoon, Records of Misty Ancient China, Stories of Ancient China, Shanghai Fortress and Young Men in This World. His works are mainly concerned with youth literature and science fiction and fantasy fiction, and the circulation of many of his novels is over 1,000,000. Programmed events The Growth and Developing Direction of Chinese Post- 1970s and Post-1980s Writers Under the Influence of World Literature 17 April, 10.30, Hampton Room, EC2, LBF30 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  31. 31. Lan Pochou 蓝博州Recent published titles Lan Pochou (China-Taiwan, 1960- ), fiction writer and literary reportage specialist. Born in Miaoli, Taiwan, Lan beganThe Vine Entwining the Tree publishing short stories in 1983. After graduating in 1984The Birth of a Young Writer from the Department of French, Fu Jen Catholic University,In Search of the Obliterated History he joined the literary reportage team of the Renjianand People of Taiwan Magazine in early 1987 and began engaging in research, writing, and investigation on the history of the people inLiterary award received Taiwan. He has served as editor and reporter for magazinesJury Award for Fiction including The South and Renjian, columnist for Liberty Times,China Times Literary Award politics and economics researcher for The Independence Morning Post, editor-in-chief for the Chinese version of the colonial publication A History of Social Movements in Taiwan (1939) and A History of the People in Taiwan by China Times Publishing. He was the producer of the T.V.B.S programme Remembering Taiwan, and the editorial consultant of Biographies. He has won the Jury Award for Fiction and the China Times Literary Award. His novel Song of the Veiled Carriage was nominated for the Hung Hsing-fu Award for Fiction. Programmed events My Road to Literature 18 April, 13.00, Chinese Pavilion Stand, U505, EC2, LBF China Market Focus Programme 2012 31
  32. 32. Li Er 李洱Recent published titles Novelist and short story writer Li Er was born in 1966 in Henan Province. He graduated from the Shanghai EastColoratura / 花腔 China Normal University in 1987. His best known worksCherry on a Pomegranate Tree / include the novels Hua Qiang (translated as Truth &石榴树上结樱桃 Variations or Coloratura) and Cherry on a Pomegranate Tree.Afternoon Poetics / 午后的诗学 Despite his modest claim to be a “not very prolific” author, he has published five story collections, two novels andPublished titles in English approximately 50 novellas and short stories, most of themThe Magician of 1919 (2012) within the last decade. His work appears regularly in Harvest, Flower City, People’s Literature and a variety of otherLiterary award received mainland literary journals. He is widely respected in Chinese literary circles and has acquired a passionate fan base ofThe first Chinese Publications and highly literate, intellectual readers. Known for being bothMedia Award insightful and amusing in an honest and slightly sardonicThe first 21st Century Ding Jun way, his works have been published in German, Japanese,Semiannual Literary Prize Korean, and Italian, to name a few.The ninth Zhuang Zhongwen Literary PrizeAssociated publisher Programmed eventsJiangsu Art and Literature PressShandong Art and Literature Press Modern Chinese Masters 16 April, 11.30, WhitehallPeoples Literature Publishing House Room, EC2, LBFMake Do Studio Rural China 18 April, 15.30, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF Pathlight-Enlightenment of Contemporary Chinese Literature 16 April, 14.05 – 15.50, Piccadilly Room, EC1, LBF32 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  33. 33. Li Jingze 李敬泽Recent published titles Li Jingze is a respected Chinese literary critic. Born in 1964, he graduated from Peking University and has worked asLittle Spring & Autumn (collected an editor and critic for many years. He has edited manyessays) / 小春秋 influential works, and discovered and promoted manyThe Name of Colour / 颜色的名字 excellent authors over the years. Since the 1990s he hasDays of the River / 河边的日子 been one of Chinas most active literary critics, and his criticism enjoys a high reputation both within literary circlesPublished titles in English and among popular readers. Li has authored nearly tenThe Great Masque and More Stories volumes of essays and criticism, and is the recipient ofof Life in the City, Editor (2008) the Lu Xun literary prize, the Chinese Media literary prizes Annual Critics Award, and the Fengmu literary prizes YoungLiterary award received Critics Award. He is now the Editor-in-Chief of Peoples Literature magazine, modern China’s first literary magazineFeng Mu Literary Award Prize for Young founded 25 days after Chairman Mao declared the foundingCritics from the Chinese Literature Fund of the People’s Republic.The Annual Critic Award of the ChineseLiterature AwardsThe Literary Criticism Award of the Lu Xun Programmed eventsLiterature Award The Art of Publishing Literary MagazinesAssociated publisher 17 April, 17.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBFNew Star Press Pathlight-Enlightenment of Contemporary ChineseForeign Language Press (English) Literature 16 April, 14.05 – 15.50, Piccadilly Room, EC1, LBF China Market Focus Programme 2012 33
  34. 34. Liu Cixin 刘慈欣Recent published titles Liu Cixin, an engineer by trade, began writing science fiction in the early 1990s. Over the past decade he hasThree Body / 三体 won multiple awards and has become Chinas most popularDark Forest / 黑暗森林 domestic science fiction author. His recent novels have ledDead End / 死神永生 to increased mainstream attention for the genre. The second volume of his Three Body trilogy, The Dark Forest, made aLiterary award received number of year-end best-of lists in 2008, and his work hasGalaxy Award for Science-Fiction Writing been critiqued in literary journals such as Book City andWorld Chinese Science Fiction Fiction World.Associations Nebula Award, 2010 A sense of the importance of the beauty of science thatAssociated publisher permeates Liu’s fiction is tempered with scepticism about the ability of scientists, world leaders and the general public toChongqing Press handle technological developments responsibly. AlongsideSichuan Science and Technology Press this many of his stories are populated by ordinary characters drawn from contemporary Chinese society. His inventive, fast- paced storytelling, imaginative, well-grounded science and memorable characters made the third volume of his trilogy one of China’s most anticipated science fiction novels. Programmed events Science Fiction in China 17 April, 11.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF34 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  35. 35. Liu Xinglong 刘醒龙Recent published titles When Liu Xinglong’s three-volume novel At the Door of Holy Heaven was published, it was widely thought that, at overAwful / 威风凛凛 one million words, it was far too long to catch readers eyes,Extreme Love with No Emotion / 至 let alone hold their attention. However against all odds it爱无情 found its way onto the 2005 bestsellers list in China; in AprilAt the Door of Holy Heaven / 圣天门口 2006 the US Chinese Writers Association recommended it to the American press and international sinology circles; andLiterary award received in May 2006 it was awarded the Novel Prize by the ChineseChinese Fiction Institution Novel Prize Fiction Institution.2006Mao Dun Literature Award Liu began to publish his works in 1984 and is now Vice Chairman of Wuhan Federation of Literary and Art, ViceLu Xun literature Award Chairman of Writers Association of Hubei Province, andAssociated publisher Editor-in-Chief of the literature magazine Fragrant Grass. He believes that there is room for sincerity and goodness inThe Writers Publishing House everyone’s heart, which is the foundation of human beingChina Workers Publishing House and of future generations, and that the purpose of a novel isPeoples Literature Publishing House to show peoples elegance and nobleness. Programmed events Pathlight-Enlightenment of Contemporary Chinese Literature 16 April, 14.05 – 15.50, Piccadilly Room, EC1, LBF Literary Character in the New Media Age 17 April, 15.00 – 15.45, Piccadilly Room, EC1 China Market Focus Programme 2012 35
  36. 36. Liu Zhenyun 刘震云Recent published titles Born in 1958 in Yanjin County, Henan Province, Liu Zhenyun started writing in 1982, after serving five yearsMy Name is Liu Yuejin / 我叫刘跃进 in the Peoples Liberation Army in Gansu province andA Word is Worth a Thousand Words / studying four years of literature at Peking University. By一句顶一万句 the early 1990s, he had established a reputation for hisReminiscing1942 / 温故1942 sharp observations of city life and the everyday concerns of ordinary folk. Many Chinese writers seek to make sensePublished titles in English of Chinas newly urbanized culture, but Liu seems to haveThe Corridors of Power his finger more firmly on the pulse of Chinas cities. His coldCell Phone humour, broad familiarity with the many facets of urban society, and modern sensibilities have made him a favouriteLiterary award received among Chinese readers.Mao Dun Literature Award 2011Dangdai Literary Prize 2007 & 2009 Programmed eventsAssociated publisher Pathlight-Enlightenment of Contemporary ChineseChangjiang Literature and Art Press Literature 16 April, 14.05 – 15.50, Piccadilly Room,Chinese Literature Press EC1, LBFMerwinAsia (USA) New Perspectives in Chinese and British LiteraturePeople Literature Publishing House 17 April, 14.00, Hampton Room, EC2, LBF Urban Landscapes 18 April, 11.30, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF36 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  37. 37. Mo Yan 莫言Recent published titles Mo Yan is one of the great novelistic masters of modern Chinese literature with a long list of ambitious books to hisLife and Death are Wearing Me Out / name. His writing is powerful, visual, and broad, dipping into生死疲劳 history, fantasy and absurdity to tell stories of China and itsRepublic of Wine / 酒国 people. Originally counted a part of the "root-seeking" literaryBig Breasts and Wide Hips / 丰乳肥臀 movement of the 1980’s it quickly became clear that he had aFrog / 蛙 style and voice that was distinctly his own. Displaying the marks of a global literary heritage – touches of Faulkner, Marquez,Published titles in English and a gusto for experimentation – he is often regarded asRed Sorghum (1994) the Chinese writer with the most potential to appeal to anBig Breasts and Wide Hips (2005) international audience, and is perhaps the one most translated. Magical realism figures largely in Mo Yan’s plots and even hisLiterary award received more straightforward fiction has an unearthly air to it, the result of his dense, metaphor-rich language. Over time his writing hasMao Dun Literature Award shifted to more consciously-crafted "social issue" novels: hisFukuoka Asian Culture Grand Prize (Japan) latest, Frog, tackles Chinas one-child policy.Nonino International Literary Award (Italy)Newman Prize for Chinese Literature (USA) Programmed eventsAssociated publisherShanghai Art and Literature Publishing Pathlight-Enlightenment of Contemporary ChineseHouse Literature 16 April, 14.05 – 15.50, Piccadilly Room, EC1, LBFThe Writers Publishing House New Perspectives in Chinese and British LiteratureMethuen (UK) 17 April, 14.00, Hampton Room, EC2, LBF Publishing and Literature Dialogue 18 April, 11.00, ChinaAgent Pavilion, Stand U505, EC2, LBFPeony Literary Agency Rural China 18 April, 15.30, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF An evening with Mo Yan 19 April, 19.00, Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), Lower Ground Floor, School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG Opening Up the East 22 April, 15.00, Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival, Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford CV37 6QW China Market Focus Programme 2012 37
  38. 38. Qiu Huadong 邱华栋Recent published titles Born in Changji, Xinjiang province in 1969, Qiu Hudong began writing when he was 16 years old, and publishedFly Eyes / 眼睛的盛宴 his first collection of novellas at 18. He studied Chinese literature at Wuhan University and moved to Beijing in 1992Literary award received after graduating to work as the cultural affairs reporter forZhuang Zhong Literature Award the business journal China Commercial Times. He is now the“Shanghai Literature” Fiction Award assistant to the chief-editor of People’s Literature Magazine, and the editorial director of Pathlight a newly launchedAssociated publisher English-language publication of new Chinese writing.People Literature Publishing HouseGuangxi Normal University Press Qiu Huadong capitalizes upon his experience as a Beijing journalist with extensive social networks to write contemporary fiction with a strong ethnographic dimension. He has published over twenty works, including ten novels, collections of short stories, novellas, poetry and essays, as well as an internet novella. His works have been translated into French, German, Korean and Japanese. Programmed events Pathlight-Enlightenment of Contemporary Chinese Literature 16 April, 14.05 – 15.50, Piccadilly Room, EC1, LBF38 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  39. 39. Sheng Keyi 盛可以Recent published titles Sheng Keyi is one of China’s most prominent female writers. She has fallen between the early waves of “feminist” ChineseNorthern Girl / 北妹 authors and the youngest crop of women writers. ThisTime Girl / 时间少女 has benefitted her as she is free to build on the modes ofWho Invaded Me / 谁侵占了我 fiction pioneered by older writers but with the advantage of experience and maturity over many younger writers.Published titles in English Originally from Hunan province but now living in GuangdongNorthern Girls (2012) she is often grouped with the female writers from that region writing on modern China. However her work focusesLiterary award received on the ad hoc creation of massive new metropolises andChinese Literature Media Prize 2003 the formation of new migrant societies; deep impressions formed by her own experiences.Associated publisher Sheng’s stories tend to begin with female characters andYangtze River Art and Literature themes but she is a ferocious experimenter with style andPublishing House voice. Her works cover a wide range of emotional and socialPenguin (UK) territory, and are known primarily for keen, unsentimental appraisals of psychological and social subtleties. Programmed events Urban Landscapes 18 April, 11.30, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBF Life as We Know It (or Not) 19 April, 18.30, Foyles Bookshop, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB China Market Focus Programme 2012 39
  40. 40. Shen Shixi 沈石溪Recent published titles Shen Shixi is mainly a writer of children’s novels whose protagonists are mostly animals. He lives in Southern ChinaThe Wandering Lion / 雄狮去流浪 where he can observe many animals in the wild. His animalThe Eagle’s Hunting Encounter / world often reflects human society showing wisdom and joy一只猎雕的遭遇 in the lifelike animals, as well as cruelty and sorrow in the law of jungle. This has led to Shen being dubbed the ‘father ofLiterary award received Chinese animal-fiction’.1st, 2nd, 3rd & 6th All-China ExcellentChildren’s Literature Award A member of the Children’s Literature Committee andChen Bochui Children’s Literature Award Council Member of Shanghai Writers’ Association, he is the2006 recipient of numerous domestic children’s book awards, as well as the Yang Huan Childrens Literature Award of Taiwan.Bingxin Children’s Books Award 2006 Shen’s works Flying Goral and The Last War Elephant haveLiterary award received been included in state school textbooks, and he has twice been listed for the General Administration of Press andZhengjiang Juvenile & Childrens Publication’s (GAPP) annual recommended list of excellentPublishing House books for children.New Century Publishing House Programmed events Chinese Children’s Literature, Inspiring the World 16 April, 16.00 – 16.45, Piccadilly Room, EC1, LBF40 China Market Focus Programme 2012
  41. 41. Tie Ning 铁凝Recent published titles Tie Ning was born in Beijing in 1957. Since 2006 she has been the president of the China Writers’ Association, theThe Revived Woman / 大浴女 first woman to hold the position, having risen from being theThe Twelfth Night / 第十二夜 head of the Hebei Provincial Writers’ Association and theIrina’s Hat / 伊琳娜的礼帽 vice president of the China Writers’ Association.Published titles in English Her early work depicted ordinary people and dailyButterfly Laugh (2012) life: characters inner worlds reflecting their dreams inBeen and Gone (2010) contradiction to their everyday suffering. After 1986 sheHaystacks (2005) changed towards reflection on contemporary history,The Red Shirt Without Buttons (1990) Chinese culture and a females existence. In Tie’s first full- length novel, Rose Door, she changed her harmonious andLiterary award received ideal poetic style to display a darker side of life through competition for existence among women in severalLu Xun Literature Award generations.41st Berlin International Film FestivalAward (adapted from “Fragrant Snow”) She started publishing literary works in 1975, and she isBest Feature Film of the 10th Peoples credited with a huge catalogue of prose: four novels; moreHundred Flower Award and the 5th than 100 novellas and short stories; plus 4 million-word ofGolden Rooster Award essays; and over 50 collections of fictions and essays; parts of her works been widely translated.Associated publisherPeoples Literature Publishing House Programmed eventsWriters Publishing HouseJiangsu Literature & Art Publishing A Female Perspective 16 April, 16.00, Whitehall Room, EC2, LBFAgent New Perspectives in Chinese and British LiteratureSobel Weber Associates, Inc 17 April, 14.00, Hampton Room, EC2, LBF China Market Focus Programme 2012 41
  42. 42. Tong Muisiu 汤梅笑Recent published titles Ms. Tong Muisiu, a native writer of Macao, is currently the chief editor for the Supplement Section of Macao DailyFemale Solo / 女声独唱 News. She is more commonly known to the public by herMacao Novel: The Cultural Character- pen name: Lin Zhong Ying.istics and the Paradigm of NarrationSince 1980s / 澳门叙事——二十世纪 Most of Ms. Tong’s work is prose that explores various八十年代以来澳门小说的文化品格与叙 social topics and daily life issues which she presents in her事范式 own literal way to give the most transparent view possibleThe Lovesick Seeds / 相思子 of her subjects. Deeply concerned by her immediate surroundings she pays close attention to the progress of local environmental protection policies and the development of urban planning. The inheritance of marginalized and overlooked native cultures and heritages is another of her main subjects as well as the day-to-day concerns of the local underprivileged and minority groups. Programmed events The impact of internet media on the literature and writing 18 April, 10.00 – 10.50, Piccadilly Room, EC1, LBF42 China Market Focus Programme 2012